Document Type



Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Publication Date



Special Reports in Applied Marine Science and Ocean Engineering (SRAMSOE) No. 185


The National Blue Crab Industry Workshop was held on September 10-11, 1977 at the South Carolina Marine Resources Center of the South Carolina Wildlife and Marine Resources Department in Charleston, South Carolina. The workshop was organized to address the blue crab industry's major problem areas and stimulate innovative thinking for improving productivity. The problems faced by the blue crab industry are not necessarily unique compared to other food industries; consequently, methodology to mitigate these problems will probably be transferred from other industries. Much of what was discussed in the technology corrnnittees has been faced by other industries, although recent food processing and discharge regulations seem like an especially heavy load for the small blue crab entrepreneurs. The _Report does bring coherency to describing these problems by blending the opinions and expertise of industry members, researchers and public sector administrators. Interwoven with these problems is the increased strain upon the public sector to "squeeze" more out of the blue crab resource for different users. Admittedly, the connnonwealth resource nature does superimpose an uniqueness to rectifying some industry problems which hinder economic productivity.



Blue Crab, Fisheries, Population, Management, Historical


Sponsored by:Coastal Plains Center for Marine Development ServicesWilmington, North CarolinaandThe Gulf & South Atlantic FisheriesDevelopment Foundation, Inc., Tampa, FloridaandDivision of Marine ResourcesSouth Carolina Wildlife and Marine Resources DepartmentCharleston, South Carolina



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